Are Designer Babies Our Future?

Can you imagine being able to choose what color hair your baby has, or whether it has blue, green, or brown eyes? What about the gender, or a mini-you with the potential to knock it out of the park with their smarts? While being able to dictate what gender baby you have isn't a new notion for some - Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose a male embryo for their latest baby - this takes it to a whole new level. According to AP News, biomedical expert Henry Greely thinks this will become normal in as little as 20 years time.



"The majority of babies of people who have good health coverage will be conceived this way," the Stanford University law professor says, who works in bioethics. That's just the tip of the iceberg. While having a designer baby is one thing, Greely is currently working on a project that involves turning regular cells into sperm and eggs. The experiment has been successful in mice, but has yet to be trialed on humans. If achieved, it could have an overwhelmingly positive impact on those who can't conceive naturally due to infertility issues. While IVF currently has an egg yield of around 8, Greely's new method - which would involve just taking skin from a woman - could result in almost 100.

The couple would then be given the option of what embryos to use after the DNA was decoded and analysed, looking out for disease as well as possible personal traits. The pair would pick the one they wanted to implant and away you go. While all of this alone is enough to have you squealing with excitement, there's more. The method could also make headway for same-sex couples to have a child that is genetically related to both parents. Sceptics say that the idea could come with its own set of negatives though. If all that's required from a parent is a skin cell, then it could potentially make a mom or dad out of anyone without their consent.

Still, what a time to be alive! What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


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